Book Review: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

489972Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have “the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young ‘readers’ will ever regret or forget.”–(starred) Booklist.

This book is like a comic book with no words. What I like about the format is that you can look at the pictures and talk about the visual story. Beautifully illustrated, I’d like to have this one in my holiday library.

My Grade: B-

Book Review: New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland

This week’s book review is New Year at the Pier by April Halprin Wayland. Here’s what it’s about:

Izzy’s favorite part of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, a joyous ceremony in which people apologize for the mistakes they made in the previous year and thus clean the slate as the new year begins. But there is one mistake on Izzy’s “I’m sorry” list that he’s finding especially hard to say out loud.Humor, touching moments between family and friends, and lots of information about the Jewish New Year are all combined in this lovely picture book for holiday sharing.

I enjoyed reading this story about a tradition other than what my family celebrates at the new year. This is a good story and I loved the illustrations as well. It shows how asking for forgiveness can be difficult as well.

My Grade: B

Book Review: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Today’s holiday book review is Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor. Here’s what it’s about:

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

This is one of my favorite Christmas themed books this year. You will fall in love with Fancy Nancy. Not only do you get a great story, but a vocabulary lesson as well. The illustrations are bright and colorful and keep the eye happy. I’m putting this one on the list of must buys for next year.

My Rating: A+

Book Review: Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margret Rey

Today’s holiday book review is Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margret Rey. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s Christmastime! And irrepressible, excitable Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out their holiday tree. At the tree farm, however, amid all the excitement of finding the perfect specimen, George gets carried away, as usual—atop his favorite tree! Hiding in the tree’s branches, George finds himself delivered to the local children’s hospital, where his tree trimming antics cheer the children and he gets to meet a jolly man in a bright red suit.

Another adorable Curious George book, although very much like another one of the books. George gets in trouble, but makes a lot of kids in the hospital happy. You’ll love this one as much as all the others.

My Grade: B

Book Review: Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson

Today’s holiday book review is Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s Christmas Eve, and Harold needs a Christmas tree. So, with purple crayon in hand, he sets off to get one. Before long he finds himself at the North Pole, where a snowbound Santa Claus needs his help. It’s up to the ever-resourceful Harold to draw up a plan and save Christmas!

Yes, Harold to the rescue in this story. He’s a little cutie and quite busy in this book. I really enjoyed this one as Harold drew his way through the story.

My Grade: B+

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